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Bones

Bones

The seed idea for bones was the phrase Ďbones of the landí which most often would be used to refer to mountains, rivers, and such. I was thinking about the idea of the man-made bones of the land, an overgrown road or a set of train tracks, an old moss-covered truck that has been sitting in the same place for years, a weather-beaten shack. All these places and objects have stories to tell if you could listen to them.

All I got is all I know
Taking heart and losing hold
Of my place all alone
You cross my path and say hello
Crack a smile and then I go
History is in my bones
Muddy waters
Broken Hills
Half forgotten
Whisky stills
Headlights shine into my home
While progress roams the night alone
Now I'm on my 2nd life
Wish that I could close my eyes
Took my time and now I'm gone
Take your time
And take your place
While you defend the human race
Take your guns and run
Your dying breath
Rattles in your chest
While the hangman does his best
Who told you innocence was fun?
So carve up fortune with a knife
Take a whiff and take a slice
You've got your men and me my mice
Providence rules out delight
Now I'm on my 2nd breath
Wish that I could take a rest
Take my time and now I'm gone
All I got is all I know
Taking heart and losing hold
Of my place all alone
All I got is all I need
My good fortune my disease
History is how I breathe
Broken bones and dusty tomes
Trapped inside my broken home
Everyone leaves me alone
While I lay dying in my bones
Now I'm on my 2nd life
Wish that I could close my eyes
Took my time and now I'm
gone
 
Cut & Stitch

Cut & Stitch

Love is messy. But it should be.

Cut me up
Stitch me up
Fill me up with love
My love
Canít get enough
Itís dangerous
By any other name its love

Been around the world in a day
And everywhere I hear them say
Oh you canít do better than love
And if you find it in the end
Better send back again
Cause we all depend
On love
My love

So cut me up
Stitch me up
Fill me up with love
Sometimes itís tragedy
And even romance bleeds
When we canít agree on love
But when itís getting rough
And it hurts to trust
Got to give it all to love
My love
And when the sun is beating down
And underneath these seas I drown
You know nothing can get me down
But love
My love
 
Helena Blue

Helena Blue

Helena started with the guitar part and the first verse. Boy sees girl, boy tries to follow girl. I wanted to change up the pattern, so I started casting around for ideas that might take the lyrics off into left field. Inspiration came from two places; the first was the Peoples Blues of Richmond song ďMurder BalladĒ off their excellent album Good Time Suicide. The second was a reflection around the movie ĎFight Clubí and gave me the idea that maybe there was no girl after all, that the whole thing was a fantasy. Is it a fantasy at the end? Does he kill himself or does someone else? Iím not sure. Sometimes you only see in through a dirty window.

last time I saw her was in Pittsburgh
or maybe it was Tennessee
my eyes were full of whiskey
and I swear someone is following me
had a plane or a train boat or a car
and I tried to keep her in sight
last thing I remember
she was fading off into the night

so I went down to Mexico
asked the sun for help
looked in every nook and cranny
started talking to myself
no one could understand me
until I said her name
then they all screamed and hollered
and the whole place went up in flames

by the time I got back I was terrified
frightened for my life
you know I know someone is following me
started carrying a big old knife
checked into a hotel room
up on the 77th floor
started drinking whiskey
put the knife down right by the door

well I was soundly sleeping
when she came into the room
awoke in surprise and confusion
didn't know what to do
well she stabbed me with my own
whispered baby it's all for the best
and I could feel her eyes upon me
as I struggled to take a breath

she was my mother-lovin baby
don't you know I was her man
and though I never met her
well I knew she'd understand
and now she stabbed me killed me cut me open
with my own knife
a paranoid delusion
and a lovin' sacrifice
 
Fight or Flight

Fight or Flight

A love letter to bad behavior. Sometimes obsolete, but eternally relevant.

Leave the body and run
Know you never meant to hurt no one
But them bright green eyes
Staring at tomorrow like you own tonight
I was a little scared
Ready for whatever but Iím never prepared
And I canít run
Trapped like a fly but the spider wonít come

New in town
Nobody could help me theyíre all stuck to the ground
Under those neon lights
Propane and whiskey getting high all night
So I jumped in
Took it all out started over again
And got mighty proud
Till I came down and I looked around

And I saw her smile
Grinning like a cat caught a mouse on the prowl
Oh that devilís grin
Shoulda known better but I jumped right in
To fight
All night
Sleep tight

Put that bourbon down
Know it canít help you if youíve already drowned
And take off your crown
Walk into the river till it sucks you down
I got 16 lives
Full of summer loving but I cry all night
And I canít hide
Trembling and Iím sweating under the bathroom lights

Till I saw her smile
Grinning like a cat caught a mouse on the prowl
Oh that devilís grin
Shoulda known better but I jumped right in
To fight
All night
Sleep tight
 

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